Former Ireland striker Ambrose 'Amby' Fogarty dies

Former Republic of Ireland international Ambrose ‘Amby’ Fogarty has died at the age of 82.

Dublin-born Fogarty, who began his career with Home Farm and also played for Bohemians and Glentoran, joined Sunderland in October 1957 and scored 44 goals in 144 appearances for the club.

He moved to neighbours Hartlepool for a then club record fee of £10,000 in November 1963.

It was during his 127-game spell at the Victoria Ground that he collected the last of his 11 senior international caps, which were collected between 1960 and 1964, featuring three goals scored for his country.

Former Ireland striker Ambrose 'Amby' Fogarty dies

Fogarty, a close friend of former Sunderland team-mate and Hartlepool manager Brian Clough, returned to Ireland in 1967 to become player-manager at Cork Hibernians and later Cork Celtic, and went on to manage Drumcondra and Galway United before a near 20-year reign at Athlone Town before retiring back to Wearside.

“He was the manager against AC Milan in 1975 - we were a struggling team until he came along,” said former Athlone Town stalwart Pauric Nicholson.

“We'd signed Terry Daly and Eugene Davis then Amby came in. He transformed the club and had a lot of Brian Clough's characteristics - the passion he had, he was so strong minded and fell out with a lot of people along the way because of his desire to get things done.

“Amby's appointment as manager was the start of some great times for the club. He did play one game for us against Home Farm when we were up the top end of the table and I scored the equaliser with a late penalty. We beat Cork to finish runners-up that season and the next year we played AC Milan.

“He wasn't at the 40th anniversary dinner recently but he was missed on the night and he was such a great motivator. He was hard on players - myself included - but it was for your own good and the players all respected that. He'll be sadly missed.”

‘Amby’ Fogarty pictured in April 2015. Photo: Jim Coughlan
‘Amby’ Fogarty pictured in April 2015. Photo: Jim Coughlan

FAI President Tony Fitzgerald paid tribute to the former international and League of Ireland manager.

“Ambrose Fogarty had a great playing career and was the pioneer bringing in the likes of Alex Ludzic and players from the UK to the League of Ireland. He helped created a lot of interest for soccer in Cork and successfully managed both Cork Hibs and Cork Celtic,” said Fitzgerald.

“It is always a sad occasion to learn of the passing of a former international and we pass on our respects to his family and remember his contribution to Irish football with fondness.”

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